That's why I'm in favour of a dog owners' licence, Emm. It really could prevent lots of issues.
I take my dog because there don't seem to be any other suitable off leash areas in our new suburb. Or I haven't found them yet. And also for socialisation. I never attended a dog club and I don't have enough friends with dogs to catch up with either. And my dog really loooves playing with other dogs. I was hoping that we could get to know a group of nice owners with nice dogs for her to zoom around with at the dog park.
I do miss our old walking spot. It was big and not fenced. And there was a pond where owners used to take their dogs for a swim in summer, so if you wanted to find some doggy friends, you could always check there. If only I had a spare $200K to buy a house there instead of in our remote suburb!